About Us

The publishing company, Children’s Literacy Publications (CLP) was founded in 2001 by a teacher, Janet Caruthers, Ed. S. It was established after Janet became aware of the huge gap in basic vocabulary evident in her students and others. The books CLP publishes all focus on building vocabulary in infants through adults. Our motto is “Everything Has a Name. How many do you know?” Our books help children and adults increase those numbers. CLP sells these books to schools, teachers, school districts, grant recipients, parents and others. Its website, www.MakeReadingFirst.com is dedicated to helping teachers and parents create better readers. It contains Reading information and tips as well as providing opportunities for buying our books.

Janet Caruthers earned a B.A. degree from the University of South Florida in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. Years later she earned a M.S. degree in English and an Ed. S. (Educational Specialist) degree in reading from Nova Southeastern University. Her education, plus her 29 years as a teacher in Title 1 schools (including serving as an Academic Intervention Specialist), has given her first hand knowledge of what children really need to know to ensure they are successful readers. Janet has authored five books and a workbook series which focus on filling the vocabulary gap evident in many children today. In addition, she has authored all the tips and information on her website (MakeReadingFirst.com) which is dedicated to helping children become better readers.

Richard “Rick” Chancey enjoyed a distinguished career that included serving his country in the Navy, working in Research & Development for Sperry Microwave, and working as Director of Manufacturing for AT & T Paradyne. After retiring, Rick began a proprietorship in family history research specializing in website design, publication graphics, and family research. In this capacity he developed a family website, in addition to writing and publishing a book on the history of his ancestral family. Rick’s association with Children’s Literacy Publications began several years ago in assisting them with their website designs. Since that time, in addition to his family research, he has worked closely with Children’s Literacy Publications producing multiple websites and publication graphics.